Online and Your Child
Discovery Special Academy are fully committed to the safeguarding of our pupils and e-safety is of paramount importance. With the ongoing support of you as parents, we aim to educate our children to make the right decisions to keep themselves safe online. Throughout the year we offer a range of support to parents on the subject of e-safety through talks, information on our website and general updates. E-Safety is an intrinsic part of our computing lessons and at any time the children access technology.
What can parents and guardians do?
1. Set up parental controls
You can find out how to set up parental controls through your web provider here.
2. Encourage your child to use ‘Safe Search’ search engines. All the links below have stronger restrictions.
There is also an educational version of YouTube that can be accessed on
3. Know and understand which apps your child is using.
There are always new apps for children to play games and communicate. You can find out important information about the apps such as their privacy settings, the type of content and which age groups they are suitable for.
Alan Mackenzie, Optimus Education, examines the research on the effects of violent video games and suggests what schools and parents can do to control behavioural changes
nspcc.org.uk/onlinesafety – The NSPCC have teamed up with O2 to help keep children safe when they’re using the internet, social networks, apps, games and more.
www.saferinternet.org.uk – Here you will find even more e-safety tips, advice and resources to help children and young people stay safe on the internet.
www.childnet.com – An organisation working directly with children, parents and teachers to ensure that the issues of online child protection and the safe and positive use of the internet are addressed.
www.thinkuknow.co.uk – The Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre has set up its own website which has been designed and written specifically for children, young people, teachers, parents and carers.
www.kidsmart.org.uk/ – Kidsmart is an award winning internet safety website for parents and those working with children. It has been developed by the children’s internet charity Childnet International and has excellent information on many of the technologies used by children, with guidance on how to ‘stay safe’ online.
www.bullying.co.uk – One in five young people have experienced bullying by text message or via email. This web site gives advice for children and parents on cyberbullying.
http://www.childnet.com/young-people/primary – This website is about the potential dangers with interactive services online like chat, IM, online games, email and on mobiles. It provides information, advice, true stories and games. The resource page also contains a number of links to other useful websites.
http://parents.vodafone.com/ – Being very accessible, this provides information and guidance to parents to help under the digital world. There is also an online test to see how much you know.
www.internetmatters.org – Lots of guidance and articles for parents about keeping their children safe online.
www.digizen.org – A website designed to strengthen awareness and understanding of what digital citizenship is. It encourages users of technology to be and become responsible DIGItal citiZENS.
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